Qatar in crackdown on alcohol based perfumes

Ministry of Environment brings in new regulations that could see many perfumes banned


Almost All perfumes with Alcohol use Denatured Ethanol SD 40 B . This Alcohol has additives in it that make it impossible to drink because of the extreme Bitterness and it will make you very sick . Therefore banning Perfumes with Denatured Alcohol is nonsense.


This has nothing to do with logic and all with posturing


can't believe this people fighting over a small poisonous potion called perfumes just to get their brains dulled for a few minutes.


Just how bored and desperate for entertainment are people in Qatar that they are reduced to making a CKOne-Martini for kicks?

Shaikh Nasir

There no clear concept of banning alcoholic perfumes as they are not health hazardous. In fact they are good for heealth as they smell good and help smeling good in person. The alcohol external use is always appropriate as it kills germs and sprit using before and after vaccination is the example.

Banning alcoholic perfumes may not harm any economy of France or any european country but herslef Qatar's economy. Just need a wise calculation.

Abdur Rehman

Oh yes! If France and other sheep-oriented european countries can BAN VEIL in their streets, why can't a Middle-east country come out to BAN ALCOHOL? You consider veil as an example of women-oppression, consider the stats of rape, women-abuse, drunk driving, drunk theft in your country and compare the similar stats with Qatar.
Qatar is far more safer and serene than most european countries.
I'd say, ban alcohol and let it stay banned!


Actually Suleman, yours is an opinion, not a fact. And that's a fact.

Suleman Nahdi

Dear John; why not take all western ideas, people and political intervention out of the Middle East and see how from the region will thrive! The world has turned around mate, and whether you like it or not western society is doomed! Without Middle Eastern money no European economy will move forward, its a simple fact...

John Thomas

Dear Abdur; when you decide to come out of the 15th Century please let us know.... "Sheep-oriented"?? Seriously? Is that the best you could come up with?? Funny enough that this Region has a "can't live with them but can't live without them" approach to everything Western... I would love to see everything Westerner taken away from the region and I mean everything.. let us see what people like you and many others would then be driving; wearing, eating; flying in, etc...


This is funny. What next? ban alcohol-based medicines? Just check every medication that contains elixir. That's alcoholic.

The Avenger

You guys are missing the point , it's not for the high end perfumes that you and i would wear or what you can buy in duty free or in the mall .

There's bottles of so called perfume that are on sale in all the major supermarkets here for around 10 QR a bottle and they're pure alcohol , they have no other smell than alcohol . This is what the authorities are trying to crack down on .

The low skillled workers are buying these and drinking them a long with a brand of drain fluid . Alcohol is tightly regulated here and lower paid employees find it difficult to purchase it and even the black market prices are out of their reach .




i remember Saudi banned the import of Charlie perfume over 30 years ago; they used to confiscate from the bags of incoming passengers also. Not too sure why the sharp flowery fragrance of Charlie was singled out, but i know there was a great sense of disappointment from a number of local colleagues who never quite smelled the same afterwards.


Hahahahahaha - this is ludicrous!!! Hang on is this April Fools Day? Oh no it's not! Does the Qatari government think that people are going to start bringing bottles of perfume to consume on the Pearl following the alcohol ban????
All this from a country who has organised the rest of the world to come into their back garden and consume just a few alcohol beverages when the world cup is on.
Is this a feeble attempt to try and placate the fact that they sold their alcohol free values down the river when they won the world cup bid???

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